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Football Recruiting
WR Shelton Gibson Headed to West Virginia
Ozone Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mark one name off the list for Ohio State’s game of musical chairs.

The Buckeyes have hosted a number of their top wide receiver targets over the last few weeks as they attempt to carefully fill out the precious few remaining spots in the 2013 recruiting class.

One player who won’t be filling that spot for Urban Meyer is 4-star wideout Shelton Gibson. The Cleveland Heights product announced Wednesday that he will play for West Virginia next season, thus ending one of the stranger recruitments in Ohio this year.

Gibson has reportedly held an OSU offer from quite some time, but there were academic concerns standing between the U.S. Army All-American and his spot in Ohio State’s 2013 class.

The 6-1 receiver visited Columbus last weekend, along with a handful of other guys who were being looked at for that final receiver spot, but he left without making a commitment to Meyer and his staff.

That decision seemed to signify that either Gibson wasn’t feeling the love from Ohio State or he had his eyes set on signing somewhere else. That somewhere else turned out to be WVU.

Gibson reportedly developed a strong relationship with WVU offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, and the Mountaineers sold him on the possibility of early playing time down in Morgantown. This came after Ohio State had already sent out new offers to guys like James Clark and Kyrin Priester.

The Buckeyes are also looking at Corey Smith, Cornelius Elder, Ryan Timmons, and now possibly Oregon commit Dontre Wilson to fill that last playmaker spot in the 2013 class.

They already have commitments from a pair of receivers in Jalin Marshall, a former high school QB out of Middletown, and Taivon Jacobs, a speedster out of Maryland. They also have a verbal pledge from Army All-American tailback Ezekiel Elliott.

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